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About Miami Valley Hospital Intensive Care Unit

The MVH ICU is designed with nursing stations that are just a few steps away from each room. There are computer stations inside and outside of the rooms, allowing the nurse to stay close to the patient while completing necessary documentation. Every room has a window so that the patients are easily viewed from the hallway and computer alcoves. The ICU has its own pharmacy for the fastest access to needed medications. Everything in the ICU is centered on immediate care for the patients.

Patients in the ICU are treated by a variety of specialists working together as a coordinated team. Intensivists (physicians who are specialty-trained in Critical Care), Trauma-certified surgeons, specialty-trained nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Nutritionists, Pharmacists, the Palliative Care Team, Pastoral Counselors, IV Therapists, Lab Technicians, Imaging Technicians, and Radiologists combine their expertise to give the best care possible. Many hospitals don't have all these disciplines. 

As the only Level I Trauma Center in Southwest Ohio coupled with CareFlight services, our emergency department receives the most critical patients in the area. MVH not only has a highly experienced emergency department, but we also have the region's only Adult Burn Unit, a Level IIIB Maternity Center, and pioneering neurological treatment for strokes and aneurysms. The MVH ICU is staffed to care for patients with the widest variety of critical illness or injury.

Intensive Care Units and Locations

Medical ICU

The Medical ICU is a 17 bed unit located on the 4th Floor in zone C.  This unit treats patients with the following conditions:

  • Shock
  • Sepsis
  • Respiratory Failure
  • GI Bleed
  • COPD
  • Pneumonia
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis (shortage of insulin)

Surgical ICU

The Surgical ICU (SICU) is a 23 bed unit located on the 4th floor in zone C.  This unit provides care for the critically ill trauma and post-op surgery patients.  Nursing staff in the SICU have received specialty training and orientation in the care of the critically ill patient, with a focus on trauma and neuro-trauma.

Heart and Vascular ICU

The Heart and Vascular ICU (HVICU) is a 36 bed unit located on the 4th floor in zone D.  The unit treats patients recovering from the following conditions:

  • Heart attacks
  • Open heart surgery
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Intra aortic balloon pumps
  • Conditions described in the Medical ICU section above

The HVICU was the first in Dayton to receive the AACN's Beacon Award. 

Neurological ICU

The Neurological ICU is a 9 bed unit located on the 6th Floor in zone C.  This unit treats patients recovering from:

  • Stroke / tPA
  • Interventional Radiology procedures
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurocritical care patients
  • Intracranial bleeds
  • Seizures

Regional Burn Center

The Regional Adult Burn Center is one of only six burn programs in the state of Ohio.  It is located on the 3rd floor in zone A.  The unit treats patients recovering from severe burns and wounds.

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